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Joe Patton

Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer Department

Research Interests

  • Calving pattern effects on dairy systems feed costs and pasture utilisation;
  • Modelling effects of calving pattern on milk supply seasonality;
  • Assessment of marginal costs of liquid milk production;
  • Benchmarking herd fertility in non-seasonal calving herds;
  • Comparison of concentrate feeding strategies for winter milk herds;
  • Hypocalcaemia control strategies for grass based dairy herds;
  • Development and management of Teagasc/dairy industry joint programmes


1998-2002 BAgrSc (Anim Sci) 1st Hons, University College Dublin
2002-2006 PhD University College Dublin, Teagasc Moorepark


2021 to present - Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer Department
2020 - 2021 - Ruminant Nutrition Specialist
2009 - 2020
 - Dairy Specialist (Liquid Milk), Teagasc KT Department 
2006 - 2009 - Contract Research Officer, Teagasc Moorepark

  • Quality grass silage for dairy and beef production systems: a best practice guide. 2016. Teagasc technical booklet
  • An assessment of the effectiveness of a hypocalcaemia prevention protocol on Irish dairy farms. 2016. Proc. World Buiatrics Congress, Dublin. p484
  • The economics of extended calving intervals for liquid milk herds. Teagasc winter milk conference 2012.
  • Milk production performance of autumn-calving Holstein Friesian cows managed under flat-rate or feed-to-yield concentrate feeding systems. 2014. Proc. ASAS joint annual meeting, Kansas City, Mo.